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we took four years to work on the book. it was a great experience. >> congratulations on it. thank you again. >> congratulations and thank you again. september 9, 2,688th day since president bush declared mission accomplished in iraq. i'm keith olbermann, good night and good luck. gravity works. and now something strange about the rally for jobs website, ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. >> good evening, keith. thank you for that. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. plenty of chaos to sort out from this day of news and not just the hardcore book burning wing nuttery chaos coming out of florida. there's also the republican senate primary now newly starring sarah palin and a tea party candidate who says that abstinence is not enough.
we all must always abstain from ourselves. as well if you know what i mean and one of the most political fake campaigns and the rachel maddow staff vote for the most unhinged campaign speech and it had a lot of competition. that's coming up this hour. we begin with the extremist christian pastor in florida who was planning to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the koran. he has now changed his plans twice. pastor claimed in a press conference this afternoon he was canceling his koran burning because the imam behind the planned islam cultural center in downtown manhattan agreed to move the project away from the hollow grounds of the orlando burlington court factcy building, blocks away from the world trade center site. that's what the pastor said. he said he's ditching the koran burning because the so-called
ground zero mosque is moving. but the imam and developer behind the planned cultural center said they did not agree to move the center at all. the pastor says he's merely suspending his koran burning plans and not canceling them. that's what happened on that insane front today. if you are looking for other ways to celebrate the 9/11 anniversary this year, one event not canceled or suspended is the glenn beck and sarah palin 9/11 beer bust up in alaska. tickets range in price from a low of $73.75 to a high of $225 for a spot in the arena and participation in a meet and greet as the hill newspaper reports, there was no indication to whom or what the proceeds will go. organizers are making clear that if you are 21 years old or over, you can get tickets in the section in which they will be selling booze at this event. sarah palin is advertising the event on her facebook page.
i hope my fellow alaskans and anyone visiting from outside will join me saturday, september 11th, 2010 at anchorage's center at 8:00 p.m. glenn beck will thereby. you won't want to miss it. tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. and unless anyone believe it's a coincidence that this event is being held on 9/11, here again from ms. palin's facebook page. i can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will never forget. okay. how is this for never forgetting? how about those patriots dedicated to never forgetting 9/11. we get together as americans and agree to get health care for the heros of 9/11. the first responders who are sick because of the dust and debris they were exposed to at
ground zero at the real 9/11. now, i understand that this is an unstoppable train. we like to commercialize and exploit everything and there are people shapeless enough about this american tragedy to turn it into a $200 ticket meet and greet beer party. in july of this year 155 republicans voted no to providing 9/11 first responders with health care. only 12 republicans voted for that bill. it is about to come up for a vote again and i can think of two voices influential with republicans who so far are refusing to support the heroes of 9/11 to get health care. two influential figures who will entertain their fans at a convention center in anchorage on the anniversary of 9/11 because it's 9/11 and yes, there will be beer, and 200 meet glenn beck in person tickets. with money to be made and beer to be drunk, i'm sure talk of ailing 9/11 responders would be a downer so let's not get too hopeful this might be turned into a constructive cause. maybe. do you want to know who else has realized the merchandising potential of the 9/11 anniversary this year in partnership with citizens
united, the same citizens united that won the supreme court case that says corporations can pour limitless cash into american elections, former house speaker newt gingrich put together a very scary new movie. it's called "america at risk." and they have decided to give "america at risk" its national launch date on 9/11 where upon it can be yours for $19.95 from shipping and handling. trailer for the new launched 9/11 movie is up online. here's an exert. i should tell you up front that i admit to modifying this exert to be able to put it on this tv show in a way that allows me to live with myself. for the first few seconds of this video, i won't show you the video part of what newt gingrich decided to put on screen while
making the argument you hear him making here because the video he shows while making this argument, the images he chooses to use to sell this stuff, what he's showing is graphic video, graphic video from the real 9/11. and i am not going to help him market that. i will show you this clip so you know what this is. you will hear what he says but i won't show the 9/11 video he shows while he says it. >> our enemies are clear in their desire to defeat america. they told us so repeatedly. many elites are afraid to identify our adversaries by name. what we used to call the war on terror we are clearly losing. >> despite our successes and sacrifices, lives lost and billions spent, the war on terror and the ideology behind it have only just begun.
>> this war will go on until the whole world embraces islam or commits to islamic world. destruction is not a deterrent, it's an inducement because that is what they're hoping for. this is the end of time. this is the final struggle. >> this is the final struggle. lots of people have been wondering why everybody has been paying so much attention to this one lunatic in florida who decided to burn korans on saturday instead of, i don't know, braiding his mustache or screaming at house plants or whatever he does to occupy his time, there are wing nuts in this country and they do wing nutty things all of the time. the kansas city star today ran a quote from the crazy fred phelps funeral protester in kansas complaining that they're jealous of the mustache braider koran burner in florida because two
years ago they set fire to a koran in plain view on a washington, d.c. street. in the news media as a general rule whenever possible you don't treat crazy people doing crazy things as a legitimate news event. crazy burn does crazy thing in public is something that goes in a medical record or a police report or a poem. it's not news. what's different now? the reason nobody paid attention to crazy fred phelps koran burning antics and almost everyone is paying attention to the koran burning antics of this equally crazy florida guy is because today the sentiment behind i'm a crazy guy who is going to burn me korans on 9/11 is being carried into the mainstream by a current of extreme anti-muslim we're at war with islam rhetoric. you really want to know why we're all paying attention to
one lunatic in florida who is threatening to burn copies of the koran? this is why. >> many of our elites are afraid to identify our adversaries by name. >> what we used to call the war on terror we are clearly losing. >> the war on terror and the ideology behind it have only just begun. . >> this war will go on until either the whole of the world either embraces islam or goes to war. >> supposedly serious political figures like newt gingrich have been banging this drum on the right that we in america are at war with islam not with terrorists. with islam. with an entire religion with anybody who is a muslim. and that's why we're all talking about the koran burning kook in
florida. thanks to the newt gingrichs of the world and those pushing that we're at war with muslims and that is that being muslim means being at war with the united states. there have always been nut ball pastors doing nut ball things. for the most part the story of the crazy florida pastor has been talked about in terms of religious freedom and first amendment rights. that's the way that the national responsible mainstream media dealt with this story. he's not relevant. he's no more relevant than fred phelps and those that protest at funerals to get attention. the guy in florida is relevant. the beef driving his wing nuttery is shared by other americans. lots of other americans who listen to what serious figure on the right are telling them. that's a much more ominous sign about where this country is
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if his continuing prayer on the issue doesn't lead that florida pasture to cancel his koran burning stunt, there's a certain percentage of the population crazy enough to say they want to take his place. should that get covered as news? "new york times" columnist gail collins is writing about this problem and joining us next.
>> we are hoping the pastor decides not to do this. we're hoping against hope that if he does it won't be covered. as an act of patriotism. >> the off-camera sound you heard there someone saying in french no less good luck. good luck wish for secretary of state hillary clinton as ms. clinton today got at least part of her wish. the gainesville florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the koran did call off for now but that pastor has gotten a lot of attention any way as reporters and editors and producer try to figure out what to say about a jerk who is clearly just hoping that you will say something about him. "the new york times" executive
editor had asked his staff to avoid using pictures of burning korans. the associated press which normally provides a blizzard of updates on a big kids chasing the kids soccer ball story like this said it would instead deliver a single story each day and no video or photos of korans on fire or even detailed text descriptions. fox news announced it would not cover the koran burning. no live feeds. no video. no still photos. abc, cbs and nbc, which is our parent network at msnbc, they all took a similar approach saying at least that they would cover the koran burning as a news event with context and perspective. the question of what that means for the story of the florida koran burning pastor almost became moot when he put down the matches but then wanting to get in on the publicity a couple koran burning copycats wanted a turn at leading the news cycle. a minister in tennessee said he would burn the koran at home and post his own video online and the funeral protesting christian cult group in kansas, you know
the ones, i love the guy on the right, they say not only have they burned a koran in the past, they would like to now do so again. joining us is "new york times" columnist gail collins. you said it is important to remember that about 5% of our population is and always will be totally crazy. thank you for coming in. >> good to be here. >> difference between mentally ill and crazy in order to make this political argument. >> mentally ill is a problem, an illness. something that's treatable. there's also criminals who have to be put in jail but besides that there's about 5% of the people for whom there are signs on the grand canyon saying do not walk to the edge over the fence. the people who like to wear machine guns to public protests just to show that the second
amendment is there and people that have no judgment at all about anything and there's a ton of them out there and you just have to remember that when you are judging what they're doing. >> how do you then make responsible decisions about whether or not crazy people's crazy antics count as news. nobody is saying this guy is making a good case for himself in celebrating 9/11 this way. i do think it's been covered in a way that's substantially different than other crazy people doing crazy things on this subject in the past. >> it is scary to think now you'll have an "american idol" kind of moment in which all of the crazy would-be ministers will compete on who gets to be the next one. it has been -- there's a context right now. there's a political context into which this has been dumped that's all about the mosque issue in new york, which is not the same thing. there's a desire right now on some people's part to think both of these are bad ideas but
constitutionally protected. build the mosque. it's not the same thing at all. there's not the same thing to build a community center in a building next to a bar which you already are praying in but you would like to have a swimming pool and auditorium there which is the context of this and let's burn the koran to show that islam is evil. it's not the same thing at all. because the first one was so politicized by people that outrageously took this sensitive issue and started making tv commercials for their campaigns saying mosque ground zero will not stand here i am in front of the burning buildings again, i think that set the stage for the second thing to become such a big deal. >> the coverage is driven by this crazy florida pastor guy seeming like a second beat on the same story. >> another constitutionally protected bad idea.
it's not the same thing. it's not the same thing at all. i also have not noticed the same people who were making their campaign commercial standing in front of the burning world trade center saying never on my watch, i'm not seeing them come out and say burning the koran is a terrible idea in their campaign commercials. it does not seem to come up the same time. >> it doesn't have the same feel. the reason this is getting driven the way that it is and sort of why this kook guy who would be ignored by everyone in news in this country, the reason it is news is it's tapping into the fact that there is a war on islam in america and that's being pushed by respectable political figures. there's nobody pushing that line answering for the crazier side of it. >> i think that's a good point. this whole thing i've always wondered from the beginning,
there's fire laws about burning things in bonfires in gainesville and my impression was the fire department was not going to let this happen any way. we were doing this thing for no reason whatsoever except that it balances off the other thing for new york which is a bad idea. it's not the finest hour as a country right now. i do think if you keep 5% rule in mind perhaps next time it will work out better. >> do you think that when the defense secretary called this pastor when secretary clinton spoke out and the president spoke out, should they have not spoken out about it so as not to elevate this guy? >> it's a good question. they are probably sitting there asking themselves that question. once they did that, you couldn't as a news organization say i am going to ignore the crazy guy that the president is calling up tomorrow. it doesn't work at that point.
we'll see. >> gail collins, columnist for "the new york times," nice to see you. coming up, a textbook example of bogus grassroots outrage courtesy of the obama hating billionaire secretive brothers, the coke brothers. it's a foetastic statement. stay tuned. [ woman ] so, i tried herbal essences with damage protection serum and dreamed i became a movie star. getting all the starring role hairstyles. cut to reality. [ female announcer ] someone's been doing the herbal... herbal essences.
even though this election year is not likely to work out for democrats, liberals can take
heart that at least the white house seems finally to be giving up on that whole self-defeating unilateral disarmament bipartisan thing. the republicans were never going to go along with anything from this white house. the white house seems maybe to have figured that out now. the president and the vice president and the democrats more broadly seem willing to finally call republicans out now to make john boehner famous. to draw a clear distinction between the parties in this last eight weeks lead up to the election. it makes it all the more weird that president obama and vice president biden have both gone way out of their way recently to say nice things about george w. bush. the first time was in the president's speech about the end of operation iraqi freedom. >> this afternoon i spoke to former president george w. bush. it's well known that he and i disagreed about the war from its outset. no one can doubt president bush's support for our troops or his love of country and commitment to our security. >> commitment to our security.
you know, i get these style points here. i get the presidential let's turn the page you seem like a nice enough guy. if there's one thing that disproves people being committed to american security it has to be that person starting a war that had nothing to do with american security. that's the big american lesson of the iraq war. don't be so reckless with american security you start a war without reason to. last night there was this from the vice president. >> let's talk about president bush for a second. the administration has got some critique and criticism from me and my conservative friends that you have not given enough credit to president bush. would you like to take this opportunity right now to look over there and say thank you.
>> mr. president, thank you. you honored these guys and honored these women and troops and i have known you entire eight years as president and i never knew a time that you didn't care about america. we disagreed on policy, but you deserve a lot of credit, mr. president. >> again, points for style i guess. i don't mean to spoil the love here. president bush threatened to veto the gi bill. president bush wouldn't allow photos or media coverage of fallen soldiers caskets coming home from that war. when soldiers in iraq and afghanistan needed more body armor, he and the pentagon couldn't spare the change because at $260 a soldier it was spare change to provide it for them. troops families for years bought body armor for themselves. remember the soldier who challenged george w. bush's defense secretary about why they
were having to make homemade armor for their humvees in iraq? >> as you know, you go to war with the army you have and not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time. >> in other words, get over it. we wanted to start this war. if you didn't have the equipment you needed to be able to fight it -- whatever. as i said, i think i understand the style points on making nice overtures to the previous president but thanking bush for being awesome to the troops and caring about national security when you talk about a war he started despite national security, it's inexplicable and it's whitewash and it's weird. yeah, i'm here with liz. i need a brilliant idea right now. guys ! i just gagged. here it is. deductible. take $50 off. wait. take $100 off for every year she doesn't have an accident... ... and call it vanishing deductible. hook, line, sinker. done.
>> i'm lynn berry. we continue to follow breaking news at this hour. a natural pipeline explosion hit san bruno community tonight and fires quickly spread. >> we have 53 homes have been severely damaged. up to 120 homes have some fire damage at this point. >> 25 have been injured have been taken to local hospitals. the blaze is estimated to be only 50% contained. stay with msnbc for updates. now back to the rachel maddow show. five somedays before the republican senate primary in the great state of delaware, the campaign of the tea party-endorsed candidate christine o'donnell got a big boost this afternoon when she won the endorsement of sarah pal palin. former governor palin made official what before was merely a retweet of a tweet where she endorsed ms. o'donnell.
she called into hannity's radio show and endorsed christine o'donnell. does that give christine o'donnell a shot at the senate nomination even though she's running against a veteran republican congressman who has never before lost an election even though the full machine of the republican party is operating on all cylinders to help mike castle win and keep christine o'donnell from doing so and even though her previous claim to fame before she became a candidate was as an activist to committed to sexual abstinence that she hoped to convince america that not only should no one have sex outside marriage, no one should ever have sex alone. i guess it's the way to put that. ever. in this year with sarah palin's endorsement and a bunch of money from the tea party group that helped knock off an incumbent republican senator in alaska last month, could christine o'donnell actually beat the establishment republican in this senate primary? would you think that was more or
less likely if i told that you her campaign manager is the guy who ran this campaign too. >> i would impeach him. if that's not enough, some of you men own taverns. you know how tough it is to run a small business without a government on your back. we have an internal revenue service that forces a progressive income tax. you'll love this. every year we're required to spy on ourselves to report what we earn and who we hire and fire with a separate court system without representation they can increase taxes, add costly regulation or perform audits. the same irs will force us to buy health insurance, cram it down our throats or else. i can't stand by why the evils are perpetrating. you revolted over a tea tax. now look at us. are you with me? >> gather your armies.
>> that guy didn't win on july 13th but the guy who did that ad for his campaign now running the christine o'donnell campaign in delaware. helping us gather our armies is washington editor of the nation, msnbc contributor and frequent guest host of this program, hi chris hayes, how are you? >> i'm great. how are you? >> spooked. i'm a little spooked out. >> i'm gathering my armies. >> is mike castle the next lisa? does this palin endorsement mean that christine o'donnell has a shot? >> you know, gosh, i would like to say no but, i mean, people have been made fools of who said no to the answer of that question. there's an old saying right about any district attorney can indict a ham sandwich. this is a question of can the tea party nominate a ham sandwich. can they take anyone and turn them into a legitimate candidate for the united states senate? that's pretty much what we're
dealing with here. we're kind of -- this is a candidate who lost the largest margin in the last time she ran against joe biden by 40 points. this is one who doesn't have anything that if you looked at her wikipedia page or knew anything about her would think she would be contender for a united states senate seat and here we are. who knows going down the stretch. i don't think she'll win but it's not outside the realm of possibility. >> does the fact that they are firing on all cylinders against her give her more -- it's like sort of judo power in terms of coming as an anti-establishment candidate from the tea party side. >> yeah. i think that so much of tea party identity revolves around this kind of very tribalist sense that they are out to get us. that is the entire thrust of every utterance that comes out
of sarah palin's mouth. she's made a political career as being the victim of some elite other. some liberal other. when she goes on radio saying they are stalking me and filing an fcc complaint against me, that just stokes the flames of that sense of embattleness that's been the driving force of this whole political movement. >> if christine o'donnell does win the primary, does that mean the seat goes democratic in the general election? >> well, i mean, i think she's a pretty weak general election candidate. it is a blue state. it's not super, super blue but it's a blue state. i think for the republican party they are making a fairly good political calculation that mike castle is a much, much stronger candidate in the general election and is probably going to win if he gets this nomination. i think it really does throw it
wide open and it's hard for me to imagine her taking the senate seat from the state of delaware but i say that as someone who has been continuously astounded by the kinds of people that have been nominated this election cycle. i don't want to come back eating my words and watching the swearing in ceremony of christine o'donnell, united states senator. >> the longer the primary season goes on, the more astounding the nominees have been getting. this is amazing. chris hayes, thank you for being here, sir. >> great to be here. >> okay. still ahead -- >> i have been a republican in times good and i've been a republican in times bad. >> what may be the greatest, fastest, loudest, most tense campaign stomp speech ever next.
breaking news tonight from riverside, california, where a federal judge, a u.s. district court judge declared the military's don't ask don't tell policy to be unconstitutional. judge virginia a. phillips warned the policy is a violation of the first amendment and that the policy had a direct effect on the military. she said she will issue an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing don't ask, don't tell. the justice department of course will have an opportunity to appeal her decision. for anybody who has been following the various legal cases against don't ask, don't tell, this is the case that was brought by the log cabin republicans, by the gay republican group. we'll have much, much more to come on this breaking news. we'll be right back. new ultrh has scent pearls that give you a whole week of freshness with just one wash. ♪ and from day 1 to day 7,
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as someone who covers politics every day, i seldom get the privilege of seeing phony sincerity and phony humility you see all the time but general passion is rare. today we came across a jaw dropping speech by a republican candidate by a man named phil davidson. a speech that practically bled with raw gut churning passion that definitely could not have been faked. kent jones is here. he's seen it. the speech was rewarded with a victory. passion counts. >> you would think that but no. phil davidson did not get to be
the republican nominee for stark county treasurer. however, nothing can diminish the hall of fame quality of this speech. prepare to be amazed. amazed. >> ladies and gentlemen, good evening. thank you not only for your attendance but for allowing me the opportunity to speak. my name is phil davidson, and i am seeking our party's nomination for the position of stark county treasurer on november 10th. november of 2010, excuse me. in terms of my background, i am from the village where i am serving my 13th year of elected service as an council member. in terms of education, i have a bachelor's degree in sociology,
a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in communication. in terms of elections across star county, i represented our party twice on the county ballot in both the primary and the general elections when i ran for star county clerk of courts in 1996 and star county commissioner in 2000 and i will not apologize for my tone tonight. i have been a republican in times good and i have been a republican in times bad. albert einstein issued one of my most favorite quotes in the history of the spoken word and it is as follows. in the middle of opportunity -- excuse me. in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. i'll repeat that so i have clarity tonight. in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
this is the opportunity we have been waiting for. the star county treasurer's office is a mess. it's in need of structure and guidance and now is the time to seize this opportunity with an aggressive campaign in an even more aggressive campaigner. if nominated tonight i promise each and every person in this room i will hit the ground running, come out swinging and end up winning. drastic times require what? drastic measures. yes. who said that? thank you! drastic times require drastic measures. yes! infestation. we must win this election. if nominated tonight i will win this election and i'll say that again so there's no miscommunication tonight. if nominated tonight, i win.
tell your friends. tell your neighbors. tell randy gonzalez. i'm coming. if nominated i would be certain that what you are seeing from me tonight is what everyone else out those doors will get over the next eight weeks. government may be about service. politics is about winning. tonight as a candidate seeking the republican nomination as position of star county treasure i ask for your vote as members of the star county republican party executive committee. thank you. >> he didn't win? he didn't get it? >> infestation! >> woo! thank you. coming up on "countdown" keith interviews -- i can't calm down now. the co-author of stephen hawking's new book but first buy
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in that interview, she mentioned that he had made a failed run for vice president back in 1980 on the libertarian ticket. that mention jogged my girlfriend susan's memory that she had a souvenir from that campaign. that campaign in 1980 minted gold dimes with david koch's head on them, like he was caesar and while it is awesome to be so filthy rich that you can mint gold money with your head on it while you're running for office, while that is awesome, it is really hard for somebody with ideas like david koch's, even if you're as rich as he is, to get elected to office in this country. david koch's libertarian presidential ticket lost that election very, very badly and he moved on. he refocused his attention on koch industries, the second largest privately held company in america which david and his brother charles inherited from their dad. if david koch could not get elected vice president to promote the interests of his company and himself, as the
world's tenth richest man, even though he minted money with his own head on it, what are his other options? well, there's the traditional way rich corporations and rich people try to get their way in american politics. by buying it. take, for example, california's proposition 23, california has a strict greenhouse gas reduction law. prop 23 would suspend that law and that, of course, would be awesome for companies that make a lot of money by making a lot of pollution. 97% of the funding for prop 23 so far comes from oil and chemical companies, including a cool $1 million donation dumped into the campaign by koch industries a week ago today. but if you're the tenth richest guy in america, if you inherited that wealth, if you're the kind of guy who wants to take money out of his pocket and see his own face looking back at him from the money, do you think you're going to be satisfied with failed bids for office and big donations to your pet political causes? of course you're not. it's not enough. how about a movement? some sort of seemingly popular uprising. could a popular movement to promote the interests of your
company and yourself as the tenth richest man in the country be purchased by any chance? i would like to introduce you to happy friendly hispanic waitress serving salads. i'm not calling her that. that's actually what this is that you're looking at. see, here's the label at i stock photo.com. happy friendly hispanic waitress serving salads. you can also meet her at the website, rally for jobs.org. see, there she is. rally for jobs.org is a fake grassroots effort funded in part by the koch brothers to make it look like they are real humans who passionately believed koch industries needs to be able to pollute more. look, here are firemen buddies who are rallying for koch industries. i'm not being patronizing about it. that's the name of what you're looking at. it's the label used as the descriptor for this photo where it comes from, at i stock photo.com. here's man working on power line.
here's paramedic in ambulance. at the koch brothers rally for jobs.org website, the caption next to all of these fake purchased clipart images says in part quote, throughout september, thousands of americans will assemble together to call upon the government to reopen the gates of american energy prosperity. a great focus group tested political story line, of course, complicated by the fact that these regular americans rising up for whatever are models at istock photo.com, images of whom have been purchased for this nifty fake campaign. this week, rally for jobs.org held an event, an offline live action real human event in canton, ohio. >> the reason for these jobs rallies across the nation is to put washington, d.c. on notice. we have to put them on notice that we will not continue to tolerate the wasting of our tax dollars on dubious green projects, phony green jobs, with ridiculous returns on investment. >> thanks to thinkprogress.org
for attending the event and for pointing out that that particular concerned american citizen worried about her tax dollars in a way that just happens to coincide with the interests of the oil and gas companies, is the president and ceo of erial corporation, a giant gas company. the problem with the rally for jobs.org idea is that there aren't enough oil company ceos like her to make any live action event look like a popular uprising. while you can populate your website with models purchased from i stock photos, it would be really difficult to populate your rally with models purchased from i stock photos, even if you bought the rights to print out those clipart people life-size and glue them on to cardboard. so if you want to create the impression that there is a popular uprising of regular americans, willing to physically make themselves seen, rallying for the interests of koch industries and the tenth richest man in the world, tenth richest man in the country, what's the next best way to do that? watch this.
>> who are you with? >> marathon petroleum. >> are there other many folks out here today from marathon working? >> this whole bus right here. >> this whole bus is from marathon? >> yeah. >> marathon, as in marathon oil company? rally for jobs, a project of koch industries and the american petroleum institute, bussed in people who work for oil companies to fill up their regular citizens rally promoting what the oil companies want. quote, most arrived in four buses that delivered them from the canton area. this is not the first time that koch brothers and company have done something like this. you might remember us reporting last august when they did this in houston. they held a supposedly regular citizens rally against climate change legislation, where the oil companies again bussed in their own employees. that time, they got busted because you could see the fine print on their signs. what's that say at the regular person whose interests just
happen to coincide with the profit motive of the oil industry, what's that fine print say on the sign? energy citizens which according to google and .35 seconds is a project of the american petroleum institute. frankly, the thing that is most surprising about this is not that they're doing it. the thing that is most surprising about this is that they are so bad at it. if you combine the koch brothers fortune from dad's oil and chemical company, their fortune is second only to bill gates and warren buffett in this country. these guys have more money than god's accountant, but they have taken the cheapest possible route to try to hide what they are doing in politics. sure, it's interesting that they're faking this movement. that supports their bottom line. but what's more than interesting, what's fascinating is that they're faking it so cheaply. if you go to i stock photo, you'll find that you can buy the happy friendly hispanic waitress serving salads for like $16 right now. they don't even bother to go to page two of the list, either. if you type in waitress, happy friendly hispanic waitress serving salads is the first one
that comes up. but you know what, even on the cheap, they did get the headline that they wanted out of their bussing the workers fake rally in ohio. it is in the akron beacon journal. hundreds rally against taxes on oil and natural gas. the koch brothers are so bad at this that any news outlet looking beyond the press release for their information on this could easily have published the headline oil companies bus in workers for pathetic pr stunt in ohio. you know, you can try to persuade people with your ideas by running for political office, by minting gold money with your head on it that makes you look like caesar. you can throw tons of money at efforts to defeat laws that stop your pollution and hurt your profits. but when you try to get your way by faking it, you will get made fun of, unless and until you get better at it. get off your wallet, koch brothers. you can do such a better job. you can do a way better astroturf job than this with the

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